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Air-conditioned hospitals have helped to defeat malaria, decrease infant mortality, inhibit bacteria, and advance developments in surgery. Before this innovation, life expectancy and the fight against disease were hindered by the weather.

If you love your fireplace but hate the waste when all that heated air goes up your chimney, you may be able to have your cozy fire and still maintain an efficient home heating system. Special fireplace heaters are designed to recycle room air through chambers behind the firebox and back into the room. There's no smoke -- just a pretty fire and a toasty warm house.

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Air conditioners are very convenient machines to be sure, but they were not always this convenient. Air conditioners actually used to be quite clunky in 1892, as a millionaire in California was one of the first to try air conditioning, but all the machinery was hidden behind a false wall and even on the root.

If there is rust on the heating equipment, one of the problems could be blockage in the flue. When the flue is blocked, combustible gases can spill back into the structure. This also increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Since so many people during the Depression would go to the movies in the summer to enjoy the air-conditioned environment, Hollywood wanted to capitalize on this. That’s when the idea for the Summer Blockbuster was born.

If you have an older home and are having issues with your air conditioning system, it’s possible that your equipment may need an upgrade. Since building codes are always changing, you may find that the equipment installed at your home is no longer deemed adequate for a home of your size.

Does it ever seem like one side of your home is a muggy sauna in the summer while the other side is a frigid tundra? Let’s talk about what could be causing these drastic temperature differences and what can be done to regulate the temperatures in your home.

It's a good idea to have an air conditioning service contractor occasionally check the refrigerant charge and adjust it appropriately. If the system is overcharged or undercharged, it will not work properly.

Modern cooling refrigerants help the environment, by eliminating the release of chlorofluorocarbons into the air. Chlorofluorocarbon is an organic compound that contains carbon, chlorine, hydrogen and fluorine, that all produce a volatile derivative of methane, which is damaging to the Ozone.

People who are age 60 and older account for more than 50 percent. of hypothermia deaths, as the elderly are more susceptible to the cold. Having an adequate heating system is one of the best ways to reduce this statistic.

While the main purpose of revolving doors is to control the traffic entering busy buildings, they also are an important factor of proper heating and cooling of the building. With at least one door sealing the opening to the building at all times, the amount of heat and cool air that escapes is reduced.

With central heating systems, poor ductwork can contribute to the buildup of carbon monoxide because it inhibits proper ventilation. When a heating system tune-up is performed, having the ventilation system checked at the same time is a smart safety measure.

Are you concerned that your air conditioning isn’t functioning properly because it’s not cooling to the temperature you set it to? Remember, cooling to only 80 degrees is considered average performance when the weather is in the triple digits.

If you're planning a party, consider turning down your thermostat. Each guest is equivalent to a 175-watt heater, and a large gathering will warm your home without any help from the furnace or heating system.

With the help of Willis Carrier and other prominent mechanical engineers of the turn of the century, air conditioning became practical for commercial applications. If you were a trader at the New York Stock Exchange, work became easier in 1902, when the first central cooling and heating system was installed.

There are various ways to heat an enclosed space. The first method, pumping air through ducts throughout the building, is slightly different from the second, which involves heating water in the boiler until it circulates steam through pipes leading to radiators on the walls.